(one synonym : Anthela tritonea Swinhoe, 1903)
ANTHELINAE, ANTHELIDAE, BOMBYCOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Uwe Path, Alice springs, Northern Territory)
The Caterpillars of this species are large and densely covered in black hairs. The caterpillars typically feed on:
Pupation occurs in a stout oval cocoon covered in erect black hairs from the skin of the caterpillar.
Each forewing of an adult moth of this species is grey with a number of parallel submarginal dark stripes, and a prominent white spot. The hindwings are each dark grey fading to pale yellow at the base. The moths have a wingspan up to 10 cms.
The species occurs in
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pls. 13.13, 28.3, p. 395.
Thomas P. Lucas,
On Queensland and other Australian Macro-Lepidoptera, with Localities and Descriptions of new Species,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 2, Volume 6, Part 2 (1891), pp. 288-289.
(updated 25 April 2011, 12 May 2017)